2 Actions to GET INSPIRED!

Good Day, Happy People!

I’ll admit it: I have been a little less-than-inspired recently! I subscribe to blogs, “Like” Facebook pages, and follow people and businesses on Twitter for daily doses of inspiration and motivation. But sometimes, it affects me for 2 minutes and then I go about my day, mundanely. And I hate it.

Sometimes, we all need a little kick in the pants, and for me, I continuously kicked myself for almost a week, and now I feel all charged up like the Energizer Bunny!

What did it for you? How can I do the same? Time to get back on the wagon!

Here are the 2 simple actions I took/am taking to propel myself forward, inspired:

1. I purchased something for myself. A few things, actually. When was the last time you purchased something for yourself without necessity? Purchased a dress you didn’t need for an upcoming work event, or that T.V. and XBOX 1 you needed to continue to interact with your gamer friends and stay up-to-par with the status quo?

Not only did I purchase a few things for myself, but they were on sale (YEEEE!), and they display words to motivate and inspire me:
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 * “STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES” bangle purchased ON SALE from: KateSpade.com
* “Quit Slackin’ + Make It Happen” wallet, and “Start the day with a smile and end it with champagne” phone case purchased ON SALE from: The Icing

If you have a difficult time “selfishly” purchasing items for yourself, then do what I (wish I could) do, and give away one item in your home for each item you purchase. Guilt-away! Now, every time I look down, I have a reminder to be positive, and not just dream, but GO FOR MY DREAMS! Everyone deserves a little sumpin-sumpin to do that for them!

2. Write a MANIFESTO. This week, I am participating in a FREE course with Melissa Cassera (MelissaCassera.com) entitled OBSESSED. Monday’s prompt was to write a Lifestyle Manifesto. According to Melissa’s worksheet: a Manifesto “provides a ‘check-in’ system to ensure that you’re practicing what you preach + presenting an accurate depiction of your lifestyle.” I have read so many times over that writing a Manifesto could be that one thing to spark everything else positively in my life…and for some reason I just never jumped on it. The prompt inspired me, but blocked me at the same time. Good thing Melissa included a fill in the blank form for me to start with! I will past the first draft of my manifesto below. But, just like life, it is a work-in-progress. Let me know what you think!

RoaminTwin’s Lifestyle Manifesto: Draft 1

When I wake up in the morning, the first thought on my mind is: Will going to the gym bring me more joy or pain, today?
And after that: Time for a big stretch and a spot of tea!
My heart glows when I am laughing with my best mates, and my heart breaks when I have no power to better a tough situation for a friend or family member
My community is my inspiration. More than anything else, I care about helping them to realize the joy they bring others
In my world, fantastic, flirty underwear is an absolute necessity
Jumping in puddles and wine nights are always a good idea.
Champagne and celebration are acceptable EVERY day
Pants are overrated, and being anything but authentic is a definite NO.
Fantasizing about that ice cream treat after a zumbathon is totally reasonable.
Striving to roam every corner of the earth is a must.
But, at the end of the day, living an abundantly joy-filled journey is all that matters.
When I die, I want to be remembered as the person who found herself on an adventure in happiness with…herself
And who inspired others to find joy and fulfillment in themselves, too.

Call-To-Action: Now that I have shared my Manifesto, I want YOU to create one to share with the community! This is a forum to share and promote happiness, so no holding back!

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Happy Tweets Monday

 
 
Does anyone else feel sometimes like the “Happy” in Happy Tweets Monday should be replaced with “Inspirational”??
 
I feel that most days. But do you have the same feeling as I that happiness and inspiration go hand-in-hand? Think about it as you consider these tweets, then let me know what you think!
 
Enjoy!
 
Entrepreneur Support ‏@FounderSupport 
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. – Napoleon Hill
 
Fitbie ‏@Fitbie 
“To be happy, drop the words ‘if only’ and substitute instead the words ‘next time.’” – Smiley Blanton
 
Inspiration4U ‏@lnspiration4U 
One day, you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.
 
Susanes Heart Quotes ‏@embracingchoice
How can you be Who-You-Truly-Are if you’re focused on who-you-used-to-be and other people’s Should-Be’s?
 
Sarah Stanley ‏@sarahstanley
If you feel adrift in life,ask yourself what is your purpose? A life purpose gives you direction, focus, peace. Hint: people+passion=purpose
 
Liz Dennery Sanders ‏@SheBrandLiz 
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ~David Brinkley
 
Erin Schneider ‏@RoaminTwin 
@JeanetteJenkins: Smile. Happiness looks beautiful on everyone.”
 
Entrepreneur Support ‏@FounderSupport
If you are going to ask yourself life-changing questions, be sure to do something with the answers. – Bo Bennett
 
Have a Happy – and productive – Monday!
 
❤ The RoaminTwin

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to [bind] them…

I know I have to choose happiness in order to feel it, so I write this blog as a daily reminder to be happy. For myself. That is why – as mushy and self-centered as it sounds – today I am going to write about my engagement ring. Because it makes me happy. And why not?

I have always loved sparkling things. In high school I was known for my gaudy rings. More recently, I received a necklace as a gift with a pear-shaped jewel in the middle, and that became my favorite cut: dainty, and classic/a little British-looking (later confirmed by some Brits I know–yay!).

The first conversation Timmykins and I had on the phone, we both indicated how much we adore old school style, and wish we could go back in time to the 20s-40s just to witness the style, dancing, music, and history. It was the first thing we really connected on, and it was such a unique thing for two people to have in common.

Fast Forward

2 months ago, My Precious Timmykins got down on one knee on the beach in San Diego. It was wanted more than anything, but came at a time when I least expected it. And, despite its imperfections, it was PERFECT.

I would have been the happiest girl in the world with ANY ring from this boy. I would have been fine even with a piece of wire bent into a circle or a string. But he knows me, he knows what I like, he knows us.

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Timmykins presented me with a GORGEOUS ring: pear-cut center diamond, diamond halo, double strands of diamonds on either side; 59 in all! Though it is big, it isn’t giant and gaudy, which is lovely. What you can’t see in this picture is the amazing filigree and diamond detail on the top and bottom edges of the ring. This is something that kind of feels like a secret to me, because no one else notices that detail until I take the ring off to show them. The jeweler later told us that this was a style popularized in 1920s Hollywood.

Ding Ding Ding! We have a WINNER!

Not only did he know what I like, he did it all on his own AND came out with a design that he couldn’t be happier with. It is so us, and will always remind me of our first phone conversation!

It is magnificent, and I adore it more and more every day. It makes me happy to look down and admire the sparkle on my left ring finger. Because even when Timmykins isn’t with me, it reminds me of how wonderful this life is, and how every day will be a happier one by his side.

Thanks for letting me gush. #lucky girl

❤ The Roamin Twin

My Parents

It was my 15th birthday. My twin sister had made me a small scrapbook of some of her favorite photos of us from the last 15 years, centered around the song ‘100 Years’ by Five For Fighting. It was cute, and of course I wanted to show it off, so I took it to play practice.

As it was getting passed around, I heard a bit of a yelp from one of the senior girls.

“Is that your MOM?!? She is BEAUTIFUL!”

Uh, what?

I turned the book to see what she was looking at, and sure enough, there was a picture of myself, my sister, and my mom. I believe I was four at the time the picture was taken, and although I don’t have that photograph with me at this time, here is a picture of she and my dad from a couple years prior:

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I just adore that picture, don’t you?

Anyways, as I looked a little longer at the picture, I realized that she IS beautiful. It’s nothing that had ever crossed my mind before. She is my mom. She is my caretaker. She is my taxi, support, photographer, chef, and everything in between. But never once had I thought of the word ‘beautiful’ simultaneously with my mom. Heck, I KNOW I look like her, and I had never thought of myself as beautiful.

And, unfortunately, it took a third party to point it out. But thank goodness she did. In those few moments, my mom became beautiful to me. And she has been beautiful ever since.

Many people don’t get to the point of regarding their parents in this way. They are life-givers, and for crying out loud…they are OLD (they are older than me, therefore they are old). I have had the privilege of seeing them as not just parents, but beautiful people, since I was merely 15-years-old, and my respect and love for my parents has grown exponentially since.

Do we always get along? No. But that is how families are. They know what buttons to push and when because they are so close. But the love is unconditional and our apologies aren’t superfluous: they run deep.

My mom is beautiful. My dad is beautiful (coughhandsomecough). And together they have built a home of trust, loyalty, and love. A beautiful home.

Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Image^Dad NEVER dances. But doesn’t it looks so natural with them?

❤ The Roamin Twin

Just-Because Flowers

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I am a pretty low maintenance girl (though some people may argue to the contrary–they obviously don’t know what high maintenance means 😛 ), and it doesn’t take much for me to be baseline happy. To me, this is my contentedness with my choices, my everyday life, and the direction I am moving. I choose happiness on a regular basis, therefore choosing a path that is ideal for my personal happiness.

But sometimes, a little extra somethin-somethin REALLY amps up my happiness.

After not seeing Timmykins for the majority of Saturday, he met me at my friend’s house…with flowers.

And they were my favorite because they were from him. Completely unwarranted, unexpected, and completely purple–my favorite color.

Sometimes the smallest gestures are the kindest, the least expected are the most beautiful. He didn’t need to get me flowers to make me happy, but it sure was a refreshing happiness that washed over me.

Happy Tuesday, Happy People!

❤ The Roamin Twin

Happy Tweets Wk. 4/5

No, this week will not last 4/5 of it’s normal 5 day work week (though, don’t we ALL wish that was the case?). In the wake of a family death last week, I neglected to bring you Week 4 of Happy Tweets, so hopefully this week will make up for that.

If not, then I credit this idea to my sister. Happy Monday, Happy People!

Liz Dennery SandersLiz Dennery Sanders ‏@SheBrandLiz17 Apr
The brave person and the coward both feel fear. The brave person acts anyway. – @LisaBloom via SheBrand

Stage32.com - RBStage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online5 May
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. ~ Michael Jordan
 
Jeanette JenkinsJeanette Jenkins ‏@JeanetteJenkins25 Mar
Bad Attitude = Missed Opportunities
 
Stage32.com - RBStage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online7 Mar
An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises. – Mae West
 
Great Minds QuotesGreat Minds Quotes ‏@GreatestQuotes5 Mar
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
 
Lori FieldsLori Fields ‏@RealBeautyIs16 Feb
Living as your most powerful, confident, beautiful self requires the CORE BELIEF that you are worthy of being this [person].
 
Like I always say, if you think you’re a victim, you’ll ensure you’ll always be one… http://fb.me/12hbcWpNm 
 
Lori FieldsLori Fields ‏@RealBeautyIs30 Jan
In order to grow we must extract the wisdom from our wounds.
 
Dave Ramsey LIVEDave Ramsey LIVE ‏@DaveRamseyLIVE20 Nov
Becky: Buying Twinkies on eBay is not considered; “Putting your emergency fund to good use”
 
Great Minds QuotesGreat Minds Quotes ‏@GreatestQuotes11 Jan
“Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe.” – Orison Swett Marden
 
 
#Happiness
 
❤ The Roamin Twin
PS-If I have started to repeat tweets, it’s not because I forgot that I shared them previously, it is because they are worth repeating, dammit! 🙂